Allium

I absolutely adore alliums (and alliteration). It is an incredibly diverse genus from the giant ball-on-a-stick forms you see in all the dutch bulb catalogs to tiny graceful ones suitable for the rock garden. The genus, of course, includes onions and garlic, and all the species do have that distinctive smell if you break the leaves or bulbs, though it is not notable otherwise, and many species do have quite pleasantly fragrant flowers. The good side to that onion smell is that insects, rabbits, and deer generally find it quite unpleasant so the genus is notably pest resistant, and virtually all of them are also extremely heat and drought tolerant as well.



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Allium beesianum

Allium beesianum

Deep blue, nodding umbels of bell-shaped flowers, very desirable, this Chinese species is one of the finest rock garden alliums.
$8.00

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Allium cyatophorum farreri

Allium cyatophorum farreri

1', reddish purple florets, named for the master. A deservedly popular species.
$8.00

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Allium maximowiczii alba

Allium maximowiczii alba

This may be my favorite allium at the nursery. It flowers extremely heavily, all but covering the foliage in early summer with small round heads of white blooms, but what really sets is apart from other onions is the foliage. The leaves are narrow and grass-like, as silvery as a good fescue, and unlike most bulbous onions that go dormant right after flowering, the foliage stay looking terrific most of the summer. Less than six inches tall for us, clumps up nicely but doesn't run or seed around, perfect for everything from a trough to the front of a perennial boarder. Zone 4.
$8.00

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Allium senescens glaucum

Allium senescens glaucum

A magnificent foliage onion, the short flat, gray leaves grow in a distinctive curly swirly pattern to maybe 6 inches tall. In late summer, it produces round pink chive-like flowers which are nice, but in no way as distinctive and interest as the leaves. Zone 3
$8.00

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Allium thunbergii alba

Allium thunbergii alba

Lovely snow white flowers is fall, Hammer brought us these and as near as we can tell they are indeed thunbergii, however the plants are twice the size of 'Ozawa'.
$8.00

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